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Nearly every publication on American furniture, especially those on early American furniture, mentions objects from Massachusetts, by virtue of the age of the state and its importance in the world of furniture since the seventeenth century.  The following list is therefore of necessity selective.

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  • Bailey, Chris H. Two Hundred Years of American Clocks and Watches.  Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Prentice-Hall, a Rutledge Book, 1975.
  • Baker, Donna S., ed. Heywood-Wakefield Blond Furniture: Depression to ‘50s.  Atglen, Pa.:  Schiffer Publishing, 2005.
  • Bakker, Keith. “H. H. Richardson’s Furnishings.”  In The Makers of Trinity Church in the City of Boston, edited by James F. O’Gorman, 83-103.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press in association with Trinity Church in the City of Boston, 2004.
  • Barber, Laurence Luther. “The Clockmakers of Ashby, Massachusetts.”  Antiques 23, no. 5 (May 1933):  178-80.
  • Barber, Laurence Luther. “Massachusetts Shelf Clocks.”  Antiques 32, no. 1 (July 1937):  20-21.
  • Baron, Donna K. “Definition and Diaspora of Regional Style:  The Worcester County Model.”  AF 1995, 167-90.
  • Baron, Donna K. “Furniture Makers and Retailers in Worcester County, Massachusetts, Working to 1850.”  Antiques 143, no. 5 (May 1993): 784-95.
  • Baron, Donna K., and Caroline Sloat. “Cabinet Furniture and Chairs, Cheap:  Making and Selling Furniture in Central New England, 1790-1850.” Old Sturbridge Visitor (spring 1993): 1-4.
  • Barquist, David L., with essays by Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett and Gerald W. R. Ward. American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University.  New Haven:  Yale University Art Gallery, 1992.
  • Battison, Edwin A., and Patricia E. Kane. The American Clock, 1725-1865: The Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University.  Greenwich, Conn.:  New York Graphic Society, 1972.
  • Beach, Laura. “Harbor and Home:  Furniture of South-Eastern Massachusetts.”  Antiques 175, no. 3 (March 2009):  50-57.
  • Beckerdite, Luke. “American Rococo Looking Glasses:  From Maker’s Hand to Patron’s Home.” AF 2009, 1-27.
  • Beckerdite, Luke. “Carving Practices in Eighteenth-Century Boston.”  In New England Furniture, 123-62.
  • Belknap, Henry Wyckoff. “Furniture Exported by Cabinet Makers of Salem.”  Essex Institute Historical Collections 85 (October 1949): 335-59.
  • Belknap, Henry Wyckoff. “Joseph True, Wood Carver of Salem and His Account Book.”  Essex Institute Historical Collections 78 (April 1942): 117-57.
  • Belknap, Henry Wyckoff. Trades and Tradesmen of Essex County, Massachusetts, Chiefly of the Seventeenth Century.  Salem, Mass.:  Essex Institute, 1929.
  • Bell, James B., and Cynthia Dunn Fleming. “Furniture from the Atkinson-Lancaster Collection at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.”  Antiques 113, no. 5 (May 1978): 1078-83.
  • Benes, Peter D. Two Towns:  Concord and Wethersfield:  A Comparative Exhibition of Regional Culture, 1635-1850.  Vol. 1, Catalogue of the Exhibition.  Concord, Mass.:  Concord Antiquarian Museum, 1982.
  • Benes, Peter D., and Philip D. Zimmerman. New England Meeting House and Church:  1630-1850.  Boston:  Boston University and the Currier Gallery of Art, 1979.
  • Benes, Peter D., ed. The Bay and the River:  1600--1900.  Boston:  Boston University Scholarly Publications, 1982.
  • Benes, Peter D., ed. Rural New England Furniture:  People, Place, and Production. Boston:  Boston University for the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, 2000.
  • Benes, Peter D., with assistance from Gregory H. Laing and Wilhemina V. Lunt. Old-Town and the Waterside:  Two Hundred Years of Tradition and Change in Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury, 1635-1835.  Newburyport, Mass.:  Historical Society of Old Newbury, 1986.
  • Bishop, Robert. American Furniture, 1620-1720.  Dearborn, Mich.:  Edison Institute, 1975.
  • Bishop, Robert. Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640-1970.  New York:  E. P. Dutton, 1972.
  • Bishop, Robert. How to Know American Antique Furniture.  New York:  E. P. Dutton, 1973.
  • Bjerkoe, Ethel Hall, with John Arthur Bjerkoe. The Cabinetmakers of America.  Garden City, N.Y.:  Doubleday, 1957.
  • Bordes, Marilyn Johnson. “Reuben Swift, Cabinetmaker of New Bedford.”  Antiques 112, no. 4 (October 1977):  750-52.
  • Bosse, David. “Economy, Elegance, and Beauty:  Vernacular Decoration of Wood.”  Historic Deerfield 11 (winter 2010):  28-31.
  • Bowett, Adam. Woods in British Furniture-Making, 1400-1900:  An Illustrated Historical Dictionary.  Kew, England:  Oblong Creative Ltd. In association with Royal Botanic Gardems, Kew, 2012.
  • Brazer, Esther Stevens. “The Early Boston Japanners.”  Antiques 43, no. 5 (May 1943):  208-11.
  • Britton, Nancy, and Mark Anderson. “The Evolution of American Upholstery Techniques:  1650-1900.”  In The Forgotten History:  Upholstery Conservation, ed. Karin Luhm, 30-80.  Linköping, Sweden:  Linköping University, 2011.
  • Brown, Jeffrey. “Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State.”  Antiques and Fine Art 12, no. 6 (autumn/winter 2013):  144-49.
  • Brown, Jeffrey, and Pat Warner, with the assistance of Michael McMillan and with essays by Jonathan L. Fairbanks and Gerald W.R. Ward. Made in Massachusetts:  Studio Furniture of the Bay State.  Brockton, Mass.:  Fuller Craft Museum, 2013.
  • Brown, May Louise. “John Welch, Carver.”  Antiques 9, no. 1 (January 1926): 28-30.
  • Brown, Michael K. “A Boston Tambour Desk.”  Antiques 151, no. 1 (January 1997): 202-5.
  • Brown, Michael K. “Bombé Furniture at Bayou Bend, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.” Catalogue of Antiques and Fine Art 2, no. 4 (summer/fall 2001):  182-85.
  • Brown, Michael K. “Scallop-top Furniture of the Connecticut Valley.”  Antiques 117, no. 5 (May 1980): 1092-99.
  • Brown, Michael K. “Topping Off Thomas Dawes’s Desk-and-Bookcase.”  Antiques 157, no. 5 (May 2000):  788-95.
  • Buck, Susan L. “Early Polychrome Chests from Hadley, Massachusetts:  A Technical Investigation of Their Paint and Finish.”  AF 2009, 42-61.
  • Burks, Jean M. Shaker Design:  Out of This World.  New Haven:  Yale University Press, 2008.
  • Burks, Jean M., and Rob Tarule. “Mystery Revealed:  Unraveling the Story of a Hadley Chest.”  Catalogue of Antiques and Fine Art 2, no. 1 (winter 2001):  195-97.
  • Butler, Joseph T. American Furniture from the First Colonies to World War I.  London:  Triune Books, 1973.